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Pinot gris, please

Our love affair with pinot gris shows no signs of abating. Yielding perfumed, sturdy, rich wines in Alsace, France, and leaner, crisper pinot grigio in Italy, the grape produces a similar diversity of styles in New Zealand.

Why is it so popular? The flavours of pinot gris are less pungent than varieties such as sauvignon blanc (which drinkers either adore or avoid), and with its typical sliver of sweetness, moderate acidity and smoothness, it scores high on the drinkability charts.

Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Gris 2020

Offering very easy drinking, this youthful, lively wine is full-bodied, with good depth of peach, pear and spice flavours and an off-dry, smooth finish. (13% alc/vol) $16

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

This powerful, Alsace-style pinot gris is attractively scented, with mouthfilling body and

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